About $300 profit was made when local celebrities and financiers entered a basketball court on donkeys Saturday to raise money for the Academy of Finance, a Granite School District program.
Two games of donkey basketball were played in the Kearns High School gymnasium, with celebrity and financial community teams pitted against each other.The games were held to raise money for the academy, which gives high school students special instruction in accounting, banking and financial planning.
Shauna Mackintosh, director of the Granite academy, said about $1,300 was collected, leaving only about $300 after expenses are paid.
Purpose of the games was to raise money for 28 students, four Kearns High faculty members and Mackintosh to attend the annual Academy of Finance student convention April 20 in San Francisco. More fund raisers are planned before the trip.
The celebrity teams were coached by Dave Checketts of the Utah Jazz and Rebecca Reheis, KTVX-TV meteorologist. Other team members included defense attorney Ron Yengich, Salt Lake City Councilwoman Sydney Fonnesbeck and Dan Plater, former wide receiver for the Chicago Bears.
KALL Radio personality Tom Barberi was emcee.
The Academy of Finance involves high school students in a comprehensive financial course, summer internships and other opportunities. Students have 30 hours of college credit when they complete the two-year program. Organizations in an education-business partnership share major costs of the project, but additional funding is needed for guest speakers, materials and field trips.